Lay Of the Land
1807 Historic Old Log Cabin
For meals ordered online, meal pick-up is located in the back of the old log cabin, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can eat in the log cabin dining area or take their meals wherever they'd like.
The old log cabin also has snacks for purchase; complimentary coffee and tea; and happy hour from 5-6pm daily.
If you ordered a grill kit, s'mores, or welcome kit, those are delivered to the refrigerator nearest to your accommodation for your convenience.
Log Cabin Terrace
Located behind the old log cabin, the terrace overlooks the meadow and Warrior Ridge. The area includes a campfire pit to gather, relax, and enjoy the views.
Front desk + guest check-in, yoga studio, massage room, lounge, kitchenette, guest rooms, washer + dryer, restrooms for Yurts at Main Lodge + Tents in the Trees + Main Lodge Rooms.
Two full bathrooms, showers, and picnic area for the Yurts in the Meadow.
For Guests staying in our Cabins and Yurts in the Meadow - grill kits and foodie kits are delivered to the fridge in meadow kitchenette
Just off of the main lodge lobby is our conference room. This room is available for meetings and group rental, and when not being used, available for guests to use during their stay with us.
"Big Red" Barn
Table Tennis, Cornhole, Snowshoes, Games, Sitting Area, Deck Lounge Area
EXPLORE AT RIVER MOUNTAIN
Have some fun and explore - our scavenger hunt is totally fun for adults and kids alike! Our scavenger hunt begins near the Main Lodge trailhead and has six secret spots to find. Each spot is identified by a wooden stake in the ground with a painted green top.
River Mountain's hiking trail is a MUST! It's a perfect hike for all guests to discover the property and where they are. The trail is a loop that is approximately 1.45 miles long. This is a great hike for kids, families, and beginner hikers! You can see accommodations and spaces from most of the trail, so you won't get lost in the wilderness and can always head back when you want.
Sweet Root Creek
Sweet Root Creek is located in the trees at the base of Warrior Ridge and runs the span of our property. Stroll, rest, and cool off in the creek during your stay. To access the creek, simply walk down from your accommodation, toward the base of the mountain and the trees.
Hang out in Hammock Hideaway! Nap, read a book, enjoy a conversation, or just observe the sounds of nature! Hammock Hideaway is located along the walking path just behind the cabins in the trees, there are about 30 hammocks hung so it's hard to miss this magnificent spot!
Dewey's Fishing Pond
Cast a line and fish at Dewey's Pond or just take a seat on the bench for a morning coffee or evening brew. Dewey's Pond is located just across the bridge from the main lodge and up the hill.
Our yoga platforms are located along Sweet Root Creek and our River Mountain hiking trail. Available for yoga retreats and group rentals, as well as individual guest use when not reserved by a group or retreat.
Check out our 3-hole or 9-hole disc golf course in the 2nd upper meadow, right past Hammock Hideaway. Ask us for discs or bring your own! It's a fun spot to meander on a gorgeous day!
Hike the Mid-State Trail
Buchanan State Forest is right across the road from us and is home to Pennsylvania's #1 Hiking Trail, The Mid-State Trail. The trailhead and parking area is approximately 1.2 miles down the road from us. PLEASE read our trail guide below for a comprehensive overview of the trail, parking areas, and tips.
If you booked horseback riding, get ready for a great time! The stables are about 30 minutes from River Mountain along scenic, country roads. It is a gorgeous drive (with no gas stations or services along the route). If leaving from River Mountain, please leave 45 minutes before the trail ride to have enough time to settle in. Please be mindful and arrive early - the horses will be geared up and waiting for you so please don't be late!
Please use the link for directions to Horseplay Stables https://goo.gl/maps/3whCPAg67AwWF9Zy8
Fall Foliage Scenic Drive
Take this gorgeous drive through Buchanan State Forest, just across from River Mountain. The scenic drive is along Blankley Road, a well-maintained and well-travelled dirt forest road. The route is a 12 mile loop of absolutely stunning tree canopies and colors. Drive safe and enjoy the view!
Please use the link below to view the loop and load directions before you leave, there's no service along the route: https://goo.gl/maps/D8gzxWBnhSahXdTi7
Rocky Gap State Park
Canoe, kayak, paddleboard, hike, swim, and more at Rocky Gap State Park! The park is located approximately 25 minutes south of River Mountain towards I-68 (right across the Maryland state line).
Shawnee Park has canoe and kayak rentals, as well as hiking trails and swimming beaches. The park is located approximately 30 minutes north of River Mountain towards Bedford, PA.
How To:Build a Campfire
Grab all of your campfire kit items - the lighter, the paper bag filled with kindling (small wood pieces), and dry firewood.
This is your firestarter cup, which is located in the paper bag of kindling. Set this aside for a moment.
Build a log cabin with 4 pieces of dry firewood. Stuff the log cabin with shredded paper bag and kindling (small wood pieces). Make sure you don't "overstuff" the log cabin, oxygen and air flow are essential for a fire.
Grab your firestarter cup and place it in the center of your log cabin with the shredded paper bag and kindling. Light your firestarter cup.
Make sure the firestarter cup continues to burn. It should then ignite the shredded paper bag, then the kindling, and then the firewood. Once your fire is burning and strong, add another piece of dry firewood. Again, don't overload your fire - fire needs oxygen and air flow!
How To:Charcoal Grill
Grab the Charcoal Chimney + Firestarter Cup near your grill kit or in your accommodation.
Pile up charcoal to the top of the chimney.
Place the Firestarter Cup on the center of the grill and light the Firestarter Cup.
Place your chimney of charcoal in the middle of the grill directly on top of the lit Firestarter Cup. Watch carefully for the first few minutes to make sure the firestarter doesn't go out. After that it should be pretty obvious that the charcoal has caught fire and is starting to warm up. Cover the top of the grill if it is raining, but remember to give the smoke a way to escape as well.
Wait for 15 minutes for all of the charcoal to heat up (give or take a few minutes based on the size of your chimney and how much charcoal you are using). When the charcoal is grey, it's ready to use!
Take the chimney up by the handle, open the grate on your grill, and pour the charcoal briquettes very slowly inside the base of the grill (too fast and you create a rush of sparks plus the chance of a spill).
Close the charcoal grill, put the lid on and wait for another 10 minutes or so. This allows the heat to build up properly, as if the coals were cooking inside the grill this whole time. When they are ready, adjust the grill as you normally would and start cooking!
How To:Contact Us, Use a Walkie Talkie
Turn the top knob to the right.
Adjust the volume by turning the top knob right.
Hold the button on the left side down as your speak.
Let go of the button on the left side and listen for a response.
Turn the top knob left after the conversation.
Good to Know
"RIVER MOUNTAIN GUEST", No Password
EXTEND YOUR STAY
We may be able to offer a discount for an extra night.
Please contact us with the radio/walkie talkie and we will assist with bags.
11PM - 7AM
YURT + TENT GUESTS
PLEASE close all windows and doors to your yurt and tent if it rains and upon departure! Thank you!!